We all have that one friend who goes above and beyond every Halloween. Their houses are always decorated to the nines, their family costumes consistently top notch.
Well Renton's Andi Mare Needham is THAT FRIEND, times 100.
Every year this mama brings it - costumes galore and house decked out.
"It’s so important to me not to let Halloween be a thing of the past," said Needham. "To decorate, turn my porch light on and hand out candy. To have fun with my family and friends and community. It’s about more than just the scare, it’s about putting effort, time and care into creating a fun little slice of make-believe for my children and leaving them with cherished memories."
Her love for all things fall came at an early age.
"All Hallow’s Eve has been my most favorite of Holidays since I can remember," she said. "I’ve always had a flare for the eccentric and I love any reason to dress up and use my creativity. I also attribute my love for Halloween not only to my obsession with anything Autumn-related (smells, sights, food, etc), but having grown up watching classic Hitchcock horror films at my Aunt’s house and falling in love with ‘the scare’ from the beginning."
Being a mom of two darling girls has only fueled her desire to go all out.
"I have been married for 5 years and have an 11-year-old step-daughter and 4 year old girl (born in late October, by the way)," said Needham. "We alternate holidays with my step-daughter, so she’s not always with us on Halloween, but I always try my best to plan our family costumes accordingly. It’s not rare for myself (and my trooper of a husband) to have multiple costumes each year depending on our planned activities. For example, this year I have three. Yay!"
Did she just say she has THREE costumes?!
Looking to get a bit more festive? Dive into the fall spirit with this Carmel Apple Nachos recipe from Andi Marie:
- 35 caramels OR 1 bag of caramel bits
- 1 Tbsp water
- 4-5 apples, sliced
- Toppings (peanuts, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, crushed candy bars, M&M’s, mini marshmallows, hot fudge, etc.)
- Combine the caramels and water in a bowl and microwave until melted. To melt the caramels, microwave them in a glass bowl in 30-45 second intervals, stirring in between each interval until the mixture is completely melted and smooth. I prefer to use the microwave because it is so easy, but you can also melt caramels over the stove using medium-low heat in a heavy saucepan, stirring constantly until melted and smooth.
- Arrange the sliced apples on a plate and pour the caramel over them. Add any additional toppings and serve immediately! Enjoy!
Dear Andi Marie - adopt me please?